Frequently Asked Questions
How many beds are there in The Matthew Hay Building?
There are 353 inpatient and day beds.
I want to visit someone in The Matthew Hay Building, why can't I enter through the Emergency Department (ED)?
The ED is a secure area focussing on clinical activity and is not designed to provide a thoroughfare to the rest of the building.
Will there be a cafe at the building?
There is currently further construction work taking place to remove the old A&E building and complete the new Emergency Department entrance. This will include the completion of a foyer. NHS Grampian is currently working on plans for facilities in this area.
Why are there separate lifts for patients?
The design of the building is built around the needs of patients and maximising their clinical safety. The dedicated patient lifts ensures patients can be transferred to the most appropriate care location without delay, reduces exposure to infection and helps maintain patient dignity by avoiding sharing lifts and corridors with visitors.
When will the Emergency Department entrance be complete?
The innovative design of The Matthew Hay Building fits right into a tight location. In order to be able to complete the building, the old A&E has been demolished. Work (referred to as 'section 3') to complete the building started in January 2013.
Why are some of the facilities shared by the wards on that floor?
The building was designed to maximise space for clinical activity. All shared facilities are non-clinical eg teaching room, day room, pantry, 'point of care testing' room, staff rest rooms, store cupboards etc.